The description for the magical-creatures tag reads:
Refers to the large group of creatures based in magic in mythology, fantasy, and science fiction, such as elves, dwarves, and unicorns. Not to be confused with aliens.
This has 71 questions.
Given the fairly wide scope of this tag, it seems strange to me that we have separate tags for all of these creatures:
- centaurs (4 questions, 0 followers)
- phoenix (11 questions, 0 followers)
- unicorns (7 questions, 0 followers)
There are some magical creatures that have struck out on their own and seem to be doing quite well as their own tag:
- basilisk (23 questions, 1 follower)
- dragons (61 questions, 7 followers)
- dwarves (38 questions, 1 follower)
- elves (77 questions, 4 followers)
I think the [magical-creatures] tag has overshadowed some of the smaller tags. The fist set are often unused on questions where they would be relevant. For example, there are lots of questions that include the term “unicorn”, should probably have a [unicorn] tag, but don’t. (Search) At the scale it’s being used, I don’t see how useful it is for filtering questions at the moment.
Thinking about it harder, I have some competing suggestions:
- Delete the small tags and just make [magical-creatures] the canonical tag. (This was my original suggestion.)
- Delete all of the tags listed above except [magical-creatures].
- Try to increase the usage of the small tags so that they get a more complete coverage of the topic, and can act as a decent filter for their topic.
As originally phrased, this question was essentially a bit of an unsubstantiated rant. “I think we should do option 1, who’s with me?” When I stop and think about why I wanted to clean up the tags, I realise it wasn’t as clear-cut as I thought. I’ve explained my problems with the current tags, and suggested an alternative which is hopefully more amicable.